04 Mar
67 Members of Congress Write to Saudi King on Human Rights

A bipartisan group of 67 Members of Congress sent a letter addressing the state of religious freedom and human rights to the new Saudi King the day before Secretary of State John Kerry visits the country.   The Members wrote to "encourage to ...

04 Mar
Discussing American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Martin Indyk, the Vice President and Director of the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, recently authored a two part essay titled “A Return to the Middle Eastern great game” discussing recent and historic U.S. foreign policy in the region, as well as his policy prescriptions for the U.S. to confront issues currently destabilizing the region.  In part one of his essay, Indyk discusses the need for America to ...

02 Mar
POMED Notes – HFAC Budget Hearing FY 2016

On Tuesday, February 25th, 2015, Secretary of State, John Kerry, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs about the State Department budget. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Gerry Connolly (D-VI), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Darrell Issa ...

27 Feb
Senator Wyden Commemorates Anniversary of Protests in Bahrain

On February 24, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) commemorated the anniversary of the pro-democracy uprisings in Bahrain. Wyden said, "While many Bahrainis feel their struggle has been forgotten by the world, I want them to know that it will ...

27 Feb
SCA OPS – Department of State Budget Hearing FY 2016

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the State, Foreign Operations, and Other Related Programs Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2016 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of State. Subcommittee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham presided, with Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy, Sens. Mark Kirk, James Lankford, Jeff Merkley, John Boozman, Steve Daines, Chris Murphy, Dick Durbin, Jerry Moran, Roy ...

24 Feb
POMED Notes- Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL

On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a discussion titled “Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions.” The three speakers included Lt. General David Barno (Ret. U.S. Army), Director, President, and CEO of the Wilson Center, Jane Harman, and Former General Counsel for the C.I.A. Jeffrey H. Smith, who is currently serving on the Department of Defense Legal Policy Advisory Board. ...

23 Feb
Bilateral Agreement Ups U.S. Assistance for Jordan

The following post originally appeared on Security Assistance Monitor, a joint project with the Center for International Policy. The recent murder of Jordan’s Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by militants of the so-called Islamic State has propelled the Kingdom into ...

20 Feb
POMED is now accepting applications for its upcoming seminar — Supporting Democracy in the Middle East: Tools & Strategy

Dates: Wednesdays, March 18 -- May 27, 2015 Time: 7:00 -- 8:30 pm Location: Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington DC, 20009 Cost: $380.00 Apply by: February 20, 2015 Since 2011, the people of the Middle East have been engaged ...

19 Feb
Jordan Sentences Critic to 18 Months in Jail

In Jordan, Muslim Brotherhood official Zaki Bani Irsheid was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for speaking out on Facebook against the U.A.E. for designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Irsheid's defense team believes his case should be ...

19 Feb
Egypt Conducts Airstikes against ISIS in Libya, Calls for International Intervention

On Sunday, fighters reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians in the Libyan town of Sirte.  In response, Egypt bombed ISIS-associated sites in Libya, promising to take "revenge ...

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